- I don’t have all the information or knowledge. We often want to think we have all the info, and that we’ve considered every possibility, but we have only considered options visible or known to us.
- My perspective, based on limited information, is generally less than ideal. We all make pretty sound decisions based on the information, beliefs and values we hold. But until we consider other’s information, beliefs or values, our own decisions may lack depth and quality.
- Without listening and appreciating other’s perspectives, I tend toward a bias favoring my own perspective.
- People appreciate appreciation. Since Jesus died for me, I should be free to do what others need. I don’t have to work for my salvation. I simply need to obey Jesus because of what he has done for me. I have nothing to lose.
- People are less willing to listen until they’ve been heard. Shouting seems too common these days. Most people have an opinion and are quick to share it. We have “news” programs where people yell at one another about what politicians or celebrities have said or done. We interrupt and yell some more.
I would like people to listen. But I’m better when I have listened. I hope today to listen better. Today, I want to ask one more question. Today, I want to be a part of the solution and not part of the problem. Today, I will ask God to speak to me, and then to equip me to listen to those people he brings across my path today.
I’m sure you can come up with other reasons. Would you please list them for me in the comments? Do you have any tips to help you listen better? Do you have any ideas or would you disagree with the logic I laid out in this post? Please share your thoughts and help me improve.